Getting Married at St Mary’s
Thank you for choosing St Mary’s Kangaroo Flat as the place to celebrate your marriage. We are an Anglican church and hold to the Christian tradition that sees marriage as a life-long partnership between two people whose love for one another reflects God’s love for all of us. If you choose to be married at St Mary’s, the ceremony will be taken from A Prayer Book for Australia (APBA). While the service can be personalised with your own prayers, poetry and music, the marriage vows will be from APBA. At St Mary’s we also ask that you include a suitable Bible reading and at least one sacred song or piece of music.
What is the first step?
The first step is to contact us with your enquiry and proposed dates.
Please complete the ‘Wedding Application’ PDF below and return it to the parish either electronically or in the post asap.
Are there any restrictions on the date?
As a rule we don’t have weddings during Lent (the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter) and Advent (the last Sunday in November until Christmas Day). Lent and Advent are both solemn times of reflection and preparation for Easter and Christmas and therefore not really appropriate for a joyful celebration such as a wedding.
What happens at the first meeting?
At the first meeting we fill out a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’. This has to happen between 6 months and 1 month before the wedding. You will need to bring suitable identification—your birth certificates or overseas passports.
If one or both of you have been married before you will need to bring evidence of: death, nullity or dissolution.
You are strongly encouraged to undertake some form of marriage preparation through a recognised provider such as ‘Relationships Australia’ or with the parish priest who will conduct your wedding.
What are the fees for 2016?
Flowers: $50-$100 (depending on the selection)
Catering: $8 or $10 per person options for light refreshments after the service (depending on food choice & in consultation with the church catering team).
Video & Photography?
We are happy to work with your choice of photographer/video producer. We simply ask that they try to remain as inconspicuous as possible during the ceremony so as to preserve the reverence and dignity of the occasion.
There is usually a rehearsal on the evening before the wedding (often a Friday evening). This is an opportunity to ‘walk and talk’ through the ceremony, ask any questions and eliminate any potential problems. We ask that the whole wedding party attend the rehearsal as well anyone else with a role to play.